Gift Ideas from Indie Utah Businesses 2021: Thyme and Place
The holiday season is upon us. As a responsible adult, you’ve definitely prepared for it and you’re definitely not sweating right now, on the verge of getting gift cards or stalking social media for any inkling of what to get someone. Completely unrelated, here are some gift ideas from independent Utah businesses that are sure to shake up the typical Rolodex of holiday fair. Whether it be thrifted gold or fantastical comics, we’ve got inspiration for just about everyone!
Thyme and Place
362 E. 900 South, SLC | W–Su 11a–6p | Closed M–Tu
Every place has its own plant shop with subtle hints of the city peeking through monstera leaves and cactus spikes. Thyme and Place serves as Salt Lake’s local plant boutique owned by Melinda Meservy, who gave up a 20-year business career with multinational organizations to open the shop. Though she made significantly more money before, Meservy believes “life is made up of our time and experiences,” and running Thyme and Place is far more fulfilling.
Since they opened in 2016, Thyme and Place has been serving the local community by hosting workshops, spotlighting the work of local artists, donating gift baskets to local causes and hosting a free propagation station in the store where people can exchange plant cuttings with one another. Between Salt Lake natives and newcomers alike, the community finds ways to support and uplift one another, and Meservy shows her gratitude abundantly.
Employees at the shop are dedicated to understanding their customers and helping them find the right plant for their preferences. They pride themselves in matching plants to lifestyles, offering the kind of personalized customer service that defines luxury without being exclusive. Some of Meservy’s favorite items in the store right now are hand-carved Olive Wood aerators, upcycled chapati (a bread made in India) board plant stands, The Moody Cactus (a local maker) cement planters and scented soy candles. Thyme and Place is one of the many shops that remind us why Salt Lake is home, keeping our community local and close. –Harper Haase